Shawinigan plays host to Sprint Canada Cup Regatta #2

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7
Canoe Kayak Canada
Shawinigan plays host to Sprint Canada Cup Regatta #2
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (July 7, 2017) – Elite international, national and provincial level paddlers are in Shawinigan, Quebec this weekend for the Sprint Canada Cup #2 Regatta. The competition brings together teams from Canada, Mexico, Australia and the United States, Provincial teams from Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario, alongside club teams from across Ontario and Quebec.

After last weekend’s intense matchup between Canada and Mexico in the Men’s Canoe competition at Canada Cup Regatta #1 in Ottawa, this event provides another opportunity for these crews to go head-to-head again. Canada’s Senior Men’s Kayak team will also be in tough, competing against crews from Mexico and Australia.

The event will showcase a beautiful racecourse on the Saint-Maurice River. After hosting the Canada Cup in 2016, the community of Shawinigan is excited to cheer on the Canadian athletes.

“Along side the international competition, this is also an important regatta for the provincial crews from Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec, ” said Ian Mortimer, Director of Development for Canoe Kayak Canada and a former national team canoe athlete and coach. “It’s their final tune-up before the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg in August. This is an excellent opportunity to test their readiness for this competition.”

Complete event results can be found here.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information:
Ian Mortimer
Director of Development
(O) 613.260.1818 ext 2201
(M) 613.323.2264

Jul
3
Canoe Kayak Canada
Highlights of Sprint Canada Cup 1 Regatta
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (July 3, 2017) – The Canada Day weekend featured an outstanding canoe kayak competition as elite paddlers converged on the nation’s capital for the Sprint Canada Cup 1 Regatta, a two-day event hosted by the Rideau Canoe Club. The competition brought together top crews from the United States, Mexico, Australia and the United States, alongside junior and senior club teams from across Ontario and Quebec.

Among the many highlights was a remarkable performance by 14-year-old Evie McDonald (Carleton Place, ON) of Team Ontario, who dominated both the U16 and U18 Women’s Canoe divisions, winning six gold medals in the six races she entered.

At the senior level, spectators were treated to an epic battle between Canada and Mexico in the Men’s Canoe competition. In the C-1 1000m final, former World Champion Jose Everado Cristobal Quirino of Mexico pushed past both Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) and Olympic and World Championship medalist, Mark Oldershaw (Burlington, ON).

But, Team Canada roared back to sweep the podium in the Men’s C-2 1000m with the crew of Drew Hodges (Ottawa, ON) and Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) taking gold, Mark Oldershaw and Roland Varga (Richmond Hill, ON) winning silver, and Connor Fitzpatrick (Dartmouth, NS) and Tom Hall (Waverly, NS) completing the Canadian sweep.

In Men’s Kayak, the K-4 500m – added as a new event to the program for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo – lived up to the pre-race hype, with the Mexican crew edging out Australia and a tenacious Team Ontario.

In the U16 Women’s K-4 500m final, the hometown crowd had something special to cheer for, as crews from the host Rideau Canoe Club took both the gold and the silver.

Complete event results can be found here.

The Canada Cup continues next weekend with Canada Cup #2 in Shawinigan, QC.

More info here: http://canoekayak.ca/event/sprint-canada-cup-2/

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information:
Ian Mortimer
Director of Development
(O) 613.260.1818 ext 2201
(M) 613.323.2264

Jun
30
Canoe Kayak Canada
Pair of Canadian Paddlers into Semi-finals at Canoe Slalom World Cup
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MARKLEEBERG, GERMANY (June 30, 2017) – On the International Canoe Federation (ICF) World Cup circuit, Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) has earned her first semi-final berth of the season, and Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) has qualified for the semi-finals for the third time in three races this month.

Daniels, 26, paddled into the women’s C1 semi-final after placing 29th in the qualification heats with a time of 140.97 seconds. Spain’s Nuria Vilarrubla set the standard with a time of 109.53 seconds.

“I’m thrilled to make my first semi-final of the season,” said Daniels after the race. “It was a very difficult course but I made it through to the next stage. I’m super excited and proud to be racing on Canada’s 150th birthday weekend.”

The technically demanding race course on Leipzig’s Kanupark features 17 downstream gates and 6 upstream gates. A total of seven Canadian athletes took to the start line looking for a semi-final spot.

Smedley, 26, finished 23rd overall in the men’s C1 qualification round and will compete in the semifinal on Sunday morning. He recorded a fast second run with a time of 99.73 seconds with no penalties, just over two seconds behind leader, Franz Anton of Germany, who had a very strong run at 97.67 seconds. Fellow Canadian, Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) finished 44th overall and did not qualify for the semi-finals.

“I was happy with how I raced today,” Smedley said. “My first run went well but a penalty kept me from qualifying on that run. Second run, I kept to a similar race plan and I put down a good run time. The semifinals course looks quite technical so I’m excited to race it on Sunday.”

None of the Canadian kayakers have advanced through to the semi-finals: Keenan Simpson of Ottawa (64th), Finley Capstick of Chilliwack, BC (66th), and Darius Ramrattan of Innisfail, Alberta (DNF 2nd run). The young trio now sets their sights on the Junior and Under 23 World Championships in mid-July.

Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) missed the top 30 cut needed to advance, finishing 36th overall after producing a penalty free second run. Mallory Franklin of Great Britain led the women’s qualification round with a time of 101.38 seconds.

Sunday’s finals will be webcast on CBC’s digital platforms. CBC Sports is the Official Broadcast Partner of Canoe Kayak Canada.

CBC webcast times – watch online at cbcsports.ca or via the CBC Sports app.

  • Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Sunday at 1:30 p.m. EST

Results

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 Slalom 23rd

Advance to semi-final

Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 Slalom 44th

Did not advance

Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) Women’s C1 Slalom 29th

Advanced to semi-final

Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 Slalom 64th

Did not advance

Finley Capstick (Chilliwack, BC) Men’s K1 Slalom 66th

Did not advance

Darius Ramrattan (Innisfail, AB) Men’s K1 Slalom DNF

Did not advance

Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC) Women’s K1 Slalom 36th

Did not advance

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information:

James Cartwright
High Performance Manager
613.715 0727
jcartwright@canoekayak.ca

Jun
30
Canoe Kayak Canada
A Uniquely Canadian Way to Celebrate Canada 150
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 30, 2017) — On the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial, thousands of people across the country are gearing up to mark the occasion in a uniquely Canadian way – on lakes and rivers in canoes and kayaks.

“The paddling community is celebrating Canada 150 the way we know best – on the water,” said Ian Mortimer, Director of Development for Canoe Kayak Canada and a former national team canoe athlete and coach. “This weekend, some are competing against each other; others are enjoying relaxed family paddles; we’re bridging distance and culture on voyageur expeditions; we’re contributing to community celebrations; and we’re sporting the maple leaf in a World Cup regatta. It’s all part of a uniquely Canadian way to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday.”

On the west coast, marathon racers will compete in Prince George, BC in the Northern Hardware Canoe Race, where competitors will paddle up to 67.5 kilometres along the beautiful Nechako River.

From the heights of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, the grueling Voyageurs Canoe Race will see participants travel more than 1,600 kilometres across the Prairies in 23 days along the North Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Rivers to The Pas, Manitoba.

In the North, it’s a grueling physical and mental challenge as hearty canoers take on the Peel River from Fort McPherson to Aklavik in the Race the Peel event.

On Lake Wascana in Regina, the annual Canada Day Regatta brings together teams from across Western Canada and the Western Untied States.

In the Nation’s Capital, the epicentre of Canada 150 celebrations, you’ll find Canadian paddlers all over the water. The Rideau Canoe Club plays host to the Canada Cup Regatta, drawing elite teams from Canada, Mexico, the US, and Australia, along with club teams from across Ontario and Quebec. Results will be available on the imediaC app and online.

Ottawa will also be the site of the meeting of the Four Winds Canoe Brigades Voyageur Canoe expedition. These four brigades set out from Kingston, Kitigan Zibi, Mattawa and Montreal along traditional canoe routes, and are meeting on Victoria Island, in the shadow of Parliament Hill. There, they will receive a welcome from members of the local Algonquin community.

Liz Elton of the South Wind Brigade, who is en route from Kingston, describes it as a truly unique experience: “Traditionally, voyeur canoes carried cargos of furs and trade goods, but these canoes will carry a different kind of payload – ideas, hopes and dreams.”

“You’ll find paddlers on dry land too,” added Mortimer. “On the East Coast, Sackawa Canoe Club has a special reason to celebrate, with two of its members, James McPhee and Tyler Laidlaw, serving as Grand Marshalls in the Canada Day Parade in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.”

Overseas, Canada’s National Slalom Team will don the maple leaf at World Cup #3 in Markkleeberg Germany. Follow their progress here.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information:

Ian Mortimer
Director of Development
(O) 613.260.1818 ext 2201
(M) 613.323.2264
imortimer@canoekayak.ca

Jun
26
Canoe Kayak Canada
Exciting Mix of Veterans and Newcomers as Canoe Kayak Canada Announces Sprint Teams for 2017 World Championships
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 26, 2017) – A hugely successful National Sprint Team Trials regatta this weekend, combined with promising sprint World Cup results, put Canada in a strong position to challenge for the podium at this season’s World Championships and other key international regattas.

“We’ve got a great mix of proven veterans and outstanding young talent,” said Graham Barton, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Chief Technical Officer. “Led by Laurence Vincent-Lapointe (Trois-Rivières, QC) in Senior Women’s Canoe, the current world record holder and double gold medalist in C-1 200m from the World Cup Tour this spring, and rising stars like Palmer Lumb (Toronto, ON) in Junior Men’s Kayak, we’re excited about seeing many world-class performances this season.”

Barton emphasized the depth of talent in Canadian paddling at all age groups. At the U23 level, he noted that competitions are difficult to predict, but that Canada can realistically expect to qualify for many of the sprint canoe and kayak finals.

“This season’s World Championships are a fantastic testing ground for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and, for some of our younger paddlers, for the 2024 Games,” he added.

For example, Craig Spence (Dartmouth, NS) performed extremely well at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup #2 earlier this year in Hungary and is well positioned to challenge for a berth in the finals at the U23 World Championships from July 27-30 in Pitești, Romania. On the women’s side, Katie Vincent (Mississauga, ON) is expected to challenge for a medal in the C-1 200m and 500m sprints in Romania.

In paracanoe competition, two-time national champion, Erica Scarff (Toronto, ON) will be among the top paddlers in the K-1 200m KL3 event at the Senior World Championships.

Barton emphasized that this weekend’s results in Junior Men’s and Women’s competitions at the immediaC National Sprint Trials in Dartmouth confirm that Canada is deep in talent and will make waves at the Junior World Championships next month.

“When you look at 15-year old Sophia Jensen (Chelsea, QC) in Women’s Single Canoe, Isaac Finkelstein (Ottawa, ON) in Men’s Single Canoe, and Grace Whebby in Junior Women’s Kayak (Dartmouth, NS), we have every reason to be excited and optimistic about what Team Canada will do in Romania,” added Barton.

Today’s announcement fills out Team Canada rosters for the upcoming Junior, U23, and Senior World Championships. Final team selections will be confirmed by July 16th.

Senior World Championship Team

Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Maxence Beauchesne Trois Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Ryan Cochrane Windsor, NS Lac-Beauport Frédéric Jobin
Marshall Hughes Waverley, NS Cheema Frédéric Jobin / Mike Kerrivan
Jarret Kenke Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Andrzej Gronowicz
Pierre-Luc Poulin Lac-Beauport, QC Lac-Beauport Frédéric Jobin / Chad Brooks / Luc Grenier
Alex Scott Bedford, NS Maskwa Frédéric Jobin / Chad Brooks


Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Lissa Bissonnette Sherbrooke, QC Pointe-Claire Chad Brooks
Alanna Bray-Lougheed Oakville, ON Burloak Adam Oldershaw/Mike Kerrivan/Chad Brooks
Natalie Davison Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Andréanne Langlois Québec, QC Trois-Rivières Mark Granger / Mathieu Pelletier
Michelle Russell Fall River, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan
Courtney Stott Pickering, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek


Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Drew Hodges Ottawa, ON Rideau Wade Farquaharson
Mark James Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert
Mark Oldershaw Burlington, ON Burloak Scott Oldershaw
Craig Spence Dartmouth, NS Cheema Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki / Jan Kruk
Marc Tarling Pointe-Claire, QC Pointe-Claire Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki / Marc Creamer
Roland Varga Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki


Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Katie Vincent Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery / Jan Kruk
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier


Women’s Paracanoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Erica Scarff (KL3) Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Mari Ellery

 

U23 World Championship Team

Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Maxence Beauchesne Trois Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Zane Clarke Halifax, NS Maswka Jon Pike / Frédéric Jobin
Marshall Hughes Waverley, NS Cheema Frédéric Jobin / Mike Kerrivan
Jarret Kenke Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Andrzej Gronowicz
Nicholas Matveev Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek
Pierre-Luc Poulin Lac-Beauport, QC Lac-Beauport Frédéric Jobin / Chad Brooks / Luc Grenier
Alex Scott Bedford, NS Maskwa Frédéric Jobin / Chad Brooks


Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Madeleine Schmidt Ottawa, ON Rideau Mike Robinson / Diana Deek
Hayley Plante Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek
Anna Negulic Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Ailish McNulty Dartmouth. NS Mic Mac Chris Chiasson


Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Craig Spence Dartmouth, NS Cheema Laszlo (Csom) Latorovszki / Jan Kruk
Conor Fitzpatrick Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert
Thomas Hall Dartmouth, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan
Stephen Frodsham Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek


Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Nadya Crossman-Serb Winnipeg, MB Toba Jerome Seremak
Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Hannah MacIntosh Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert
Katie Vincent Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery / Jan Kruk

Junior World Championship Team

Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Palmer Lumb Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek/Kevin McIntyre
Oskar Morawski Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill Helen Savin
Colin Rieger Regina, SK Wascana Mike Robinson
Luke Stienburg Lake Echo, NS Senobe Rob Baert/Jeff Houser


Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Ashley Card Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Corrina Higgins Pointe Claire, QC Pointe Claire Eric Mihalovic
Samantha Sula Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek/Kevin McIntyre
Grace Whebby Dartmouth. NS Mic Mac Chris Chiasson


Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Isaac Finkelstein Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Dawson Peachy Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Phillipe Turcanu Ottawa, ON Ottawa River Joel Hazzan
Jack Tutty Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery, Doug Tutty


Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Sophia Jensen Chelsea, QC Cascades Adam Mayo
Marlee MacIntosh Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Kate Pennyfather, Oakville, ON Burloak Adam Oldershaw

Junior Pan American Championship Team

Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Palmer Lumb Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek/Kevin McIntyre
Oskar Morawski Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill Helen Savin
Cameron Low Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek/Kevin McIntyre
Luke Stienburg Lake Echo, NS Senobe Rob Baert / Jeff Houser


Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Ashley Card Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Corrina Higgins Pointe Claire, QC Pointe Claire Éric Mihalovic
Adriana Lilley Osende Dartmouth, NS Mic Mac Chris Chiasson
Grace Whebby Dartmouth. NS Mic Mac Chris Chiasson


Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Isaac Finkelstein Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek
Dawson Peachy Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Phillipe Turcanu Ottawa, ON Ottawa River Joel Hazzan
Jack Tutty Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery, Doug Tutty


Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Sophia Jensen Chelsea, QC Cascades Adam Mayo
Marlee MacIntosh Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Kate Pennyfather Oakville, ON Burloak Adam Oldershaw
Audrey Veillette Lachine, QC Lachine Samuel Raiche

U17 Canada Cup/Canamex Team

Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Alex Canning Dartmouth, NS Banook Toshko Kalpakov
Vadim Covalciuc Lachine, QC Lachine Samuel Raiche
Alexander Hoferek Ottawa, ON Rideau Andres Carranco
Kadan Johnson Richmond Hill Richmond Hill Helen Savin
Laurent Lavigne Trois Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier
Cameron Low Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek/Kevin McIntyre


Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Claire Carruthers Dartmouth, NS Mic Mac Chris Chaisson
Anya Chuprys Dartmouth, NS Burloak Hunter George
Adriana Lilley Osende Dartmouth, NS Mic Mac Chris Chiasson
Courtney Piercey Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Brooklyn Wodehouse Richmond Hill, ON Richmond Hill Helen Savin
Hannah English Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike


Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Tyler Laidlaw Sackville, NS Sack-A-Wa Chris MacPherson
Alix Plomteux Lac-Beauport Lac-Beauport Luc Grenier
Phillipe Turcanu Ottawa, ON Ottawa River Joel Hazzan
Dawson Peachey Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Andrew Billard Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Mathew Sampson Waverly, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan


Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coach(es)
Sophia Jensen Chelsea, QC Cascades Adam Mayo
Marlee MacIntosh Halifax, NS Maskwa Jon Pike
Kate Pennyfather Oakville, ON Burloak Adam Oldershaw/Hunter George
Sloan MacKenzie Waverly, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan
Lindsay Irwin Carleton Place, ON Carleton Place Pat Lester
Julie Lilley Osende Dartmouth, NS Mic Mac Chris Chiasson

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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For more information:

Ian Mortimer
(O) 613.260.1818 ext 2201
(M) 613.323.2264
imortimer@canoekayak.ca

Jun
24
Canoe Kayak Canada
Repeat winners steal the day at the immediaC Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials
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DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA (June 24, 2017) – Three standout paddlers stole the spotlight on Day 2 of the immediaC Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Fifteen-year-old Sophia Jensen (Chelsea, QC) took the gold in the Junior Women’s C-1 500m. It follows her Day 1 victory in the Junior Women’s C-1 200m.

Among the junior men, Issac Finkelstein, 18, who paddles out of the Rideau Canoe Club in Ottawa, added two more gold medals, winning the Junior C-1 500m title and the Junior C- 2 1000m with his 18-year-old partner, Conor O’Neil (Ottawa, ON). Finkelstein provided one of the most dominant performances on Day 1, leaving the rest of the field in his wake in taking the gold in the Junior Men’s C-1 1000m.

In Senior Women’s competition, 26-year-old, Lissa Bissonnette (Pointe-Claire, QC) confirmed why she’s considered the class of the field in women’s kayak, winning the K-1 200m. It’s her second gold medal of the regatta, having won the Senior Women’s K-1 500m on Day One.

Among other Day 2 winners was 17-year-old Ashley Card (Halifax, NS) who overcame pre-race nerves to power to victory in the Junior Women’s K-1 500m. “I was pretty nervous at the start but stuck to my race plan and it went perfectly,” she said from the regatta on Lake Banook. “It felt really good to get the win – I’ve been nervous all week and crossing the line felt great.”

Ashley Card of the Maskwa Aquatic Club in Halifax receives her gold medal for the Junior Women’s K-1 500m at the immediaC Canadian Sprint Team Trials. Presenting the medal is Halifax Regional Municipality Councillor, Sam Austin, while silver medalist, Samantha Sula (Toronto, ON), looks on.

In the Men’s KL3 K-1 200m Paracanoe competition, Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald, 18, of Sherbrooke beat out Trinity Tratch, 18, of Calgary for the top spot.

“A lot of great things are happening that I didn’t expect this year,” said Lauzière-Fitzgerald, who qualified for a final at his first World Cup earlier this spring. “Getting four races at the international level has really helped my confidence.”

Men’s KL3 K-1 200m gold medalist, Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald (left) of Sherbrooke, along with silver medalist, Trinity Tratch, of Calgary.

This weekend’s immediaC Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials are being used to select Canada’s 2017 Junior World Championship Team and to continue the selection process for this year’s U23 World Championships and the Senior World Championships, where both able bodied and Para athletes will compete.

The top three finishers in each event are listed in the table below, along with their home clubs. Full regatta results can be found here. Follow the action live by using the immediaC Canoe Kayak app available through the App Store.

Junior Men’s C2 1000m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 4:39.759 Isaac Finkelstein

Conor O’Neil

Rideau Canoe Club, Ottawa ON

Rideau Canoe Club, Ottawa ON

2 4:42.603

Kieran Moorfield-Yee

Jack Tutty

Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON

Mississauga Canoe Club, Mississauga ON

3 4:44.409 Andrew Billard

Nicholas Billard

Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS

Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS

 

Junior Men’s K1 500m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 2:02.630 Palmer Lumb Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON
2 2:03.940 Luke Stienburg Senobe Aquatic Club, Dartmouth NS
3 2:05.586 Oskar Morawski Richmond Hill Canoe Club, Richmond Hill ON

 

Junior Women’s K1 500m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 2:12.443 Ashley Card Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS
2 2:15.699 Samantha Sula Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON
3 2:15.749 Grace Whebby Mic Mac Aquatic Club, Dartmouth NS

 

Junior Women’s C-1 500m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 2:28.880 Sophia Jensen Cascades Canoe Club, Chelsea QC
2 2:31.554 Marlee MacIntosh Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS
3 2:31.746 Kate Pennyfather Burloak Canoe Club, Oakville ON

 

Junior Men’s C-1 500m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 2:09.300 Isaac Finkelstein Rideau Canoe Club, Ottawa ON
2 2:12.188 Tyler Laidlaw Sack-A-Wa Canoe Club, Lower Sackville NS
3 2:12.386 Kieran Moorfield-Yee Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON

 

Senior Men’s K-1 1000m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 4:04.749 Zane Clarke Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS
2 4:04.797 Andrew Jessop Maskwa Aquatic Club, Halifax NS
3 4:05.949 Brian Malfesi Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club, Maple Ridge BC­­

 

Senior Women’s K-1 200m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 44.670 Lissa Bissonnette Club de Canoe Kayak Pointe Claire, Pointe Claire QC
2 45.706 Courtney Stott Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Toronto ON
3 45.892 Madeline Schmidt Rideau Canoe Club, ON

 

Open Men’s Para K1 200m

Place Time Athlete Club/Hometown
1 48.673 Zacharie Lauzière-Fitzgerald Club de Canoe Kayak Sherbooke, Sherbrooke QC
2 52.613 Trinity Tratch Calgary Canoe Club, Calgary AB

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

About immediaC

immediaC is Canada’s most experienced web shop, having built more than 3500 websites since 1998. The company provides websites, search marketing, and mobile apps for organizations across Canada including Neptune Theatre, Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak, Senobe, Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Massage Addict, and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union.

 

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For more information:

Ian Mortimer
Director of Development
(O) 613.260.1818 ext 2201
(M) 613.323.2264
imortimer@canoekayak.ca

Jun
23
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada Announces 4-year Sponsorship Deal with Apogee
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 23, 2017) – Canada’s top paddlers are the big winners following Canoe Kayak Canada’s announcement today of a long-term sponsorship with Apogee Sports, a leading performance apparel company based in Quebec City.

The renewed partnership will see Apogee Sports provide both performance apparel and casual wear to all National Teams in all disciplines as part of Canoe Kayak Canada’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the organization under one unified brand. The sponsorship will provide extensive support to Canada’s top paddlers for international competition through the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Selected items will also be available for purchase online and at Canoe Kayak Canada events.

“This is a huge development for our sport and especially for our high performance program,” said Casey Wade, CEO of Canoe Kayak Canada. “Apogee designs and manufactures cutting edge performance apparel right here in Canada. We’re delighted to be associated with a world-class organization that promotes the maple leaf as proudly as our athletes do.”

Members of CKC’s high performance staff have visited Apogee’s facility in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, just outside Quebec City, to witness firsthand how the gear is designed and manufactured to meet the unique needs of Canada’s National Sprint and Slalom Canoe Kayak Teams.

“Apogee is proud to renew our commitment with Canoe Kayak Canada, partners who share our goals, both in terms of performance and in pushing the limits,” added Stéphane Roy, President of Apogee Sports. “It’s important for us to demonstrate our intention to invest in high performance sport for several reasons. One of them is to support the athletes, and work with them to develop new products that help them perform better.”

National Team athletes were consulted on the design of the performance apparel and casual wear and are offering rave reviews of the new gear. “All I can say is that the clothing feels so good while I’m wearing it that I don’t even need to be paddling to feel fast!” said Laurence Vincent-Lapointe, 8-time world championship gold medalist, and arguably the top female canoer in the world.

Members of Canada’s National Team will be sporting the new apparel at this weekend’s ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Markkleeberg, Germany.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information:

Casey Wade
Chief Executive Officer
Canoe Kayak Canada
(O) 613.260.1818 ext 2203
cwade@canoekayak.ca

Stéphane Roy
President
Apogee Sports
(O) 418.878.6808
Toll-free 1.877.770.9090
stephane@apogee-sports.com

Jun
22
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada announces immediaC as Title Sponsor for Canadian Sprint Team Trials
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DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA (June 22, 2017) – As Canada’s top paddlers prepare for this weekend’s National Sprint Canoe Kayak Team Trials at Lake Banook, Nova Scotia, Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is pleased to announce immediaC as the event’s title sponsor.

immediaC has developed exciting new technology that puts real-time race results into the hands of paddling fans across the country. Originally developed for the 2016 Canadian Sprint Championships, the mobile app is connected to finish line software and sends race results immediately to connected mobile devices.

“We’re so pleased to have immediaC as a title sponsor for such a high stakes competition,” said Ian Mortimer, Director of Development for Canoe Kayak Canada. “With athletes competing for spots on World Championship teams, the support of immediaC through their app will again mean that fans, friends and family members will be able to stay on top of the action.”

Through the immediaC app (available through the App Store), spectators can easily view a list of upcoming races and can even search all the times a particular athlete is racing. Full functionality is also available via the mobile web.

“We are very pleased to support this event in Dartmouth where Canoe Kayak plays an important role in our summer and the vibrancy of the community,” added John Leahy of immediaC. “We want to welcome everyone to Dartmouth and wish them good luck in the regatta!”

The national trials from June 23 – 25 will be used to select Canada’s Junior World Championship Team and to continue the selection process for the U23 and Senior World Championships.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

About immediaC

immediaC is Canada’s most experienced web shop, having built more than 3500 websites since 1998. The company provides websites, search marketing, and mobile apps for organizations across Canada including Neptune Theatre, Atlantic Division Canoe Kayak, Senobe, Nova Scotia International Tattoo, Massage Addict, and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union.

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For more information:

Ian Mortimer
Director of Development
(O) 613.260.1818 ext 2201
(M) 613.323.2264
imortimer@canoekayak.ca

Jun
16
Canoe Kayak Canada
Cameron Smedley slides into semi-final in Prague
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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (June 16, 2017) – Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) opened the first ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Prague by qualifying for Sunday’s semi-finals. Smedley placed 28th overall in the preliminary heat of the Men’s C1. Heavy winds and cooler temperatures in the afternoon presented challenging racing conditions in a sport where precision and speed are critical. A top-ten result in the semi-final Sunday morning will put him through to the afternoon final. Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) and Yannick Laviolette (St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC) placed 43rd and 58th respectively.

Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) produced Canada’s top women’s kayak result, placing 43rd overall in Friday’s preliminary heats. Salaberry-de-Valleyfield’s Florence Maheu, racing in her first season as a member of the Senior National Team, was close behind in 44th position. Maheu produced a quick run but incurred two touches to knock her out of contention for the semi-final. Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) finished 65th overall.

“This was a strong field, and I know that I have the speed to make it to the semi-final, but I need to deliver a clean run,” said Maheu. “I’m happy with my run time, but frustrated that I touched gate 21. Afterwards I lost my focus on the last gate sequence near the finish line.”

Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) placed 36th and Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) finished 42nd in the heats for Women’s C1, which was recently added to the program for the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. A top-thirty result was needed to advance to the semi-finals.

Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON) and Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) placed 72nd and 69th respectively using this first international event to build experience in preparation for the U23 and Junior World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia later this summer.

“The race today was okay. I executed my race plan on my first run and my strategy on my second run was to race more aggressively to gain some time. Unfortunately, I picked up three touches which resulted in a slower run” said Musgrave. “Overall, it was a good learning experience giving me something to build on and aim to deliver a strong performance in Bratislava at the U23 World Championships.”

This weekend’s races will be webcast on CBC’s digital platforms. CBC Sports is the Official Broadcast Partner of Canoe Kayak Canada.

CBC webcast times – watch online at cbcsports.ca or via the CBC Sports app.

  • Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Sunday at 1:30 p.m. EST

Results

Summary of Results

Athlete Event Result
Cameron Smedley (Dunrobin, ON) Men’s C1 28th in heat
Advanced to semifinal
Spencer Pomeroy (Ottawa, ON) Men’s C1 43rd in heat
Did not advance
Yannick Laviolette (St-Louis-de-Gonzague, QC) Men’s C1 58th in heat
Did not advance
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) Women’s C1 36th in heat
Did not advance
Haley Daniels (Calgary, AB) Women’s C1 42nd in heat
Did not advance
Keenan Simpson (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 69th in heat
Did not advance
Andrew Musgrave (Ottawa, ON) Men’s K1 72nd in heat
Did not advance
Jessica Groeneveld (Innisfail, AB) Women’s K1 43rd in heat
Did not advance
Florence Maheu (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield) Women’s K1 44th in heat
Did not advance
Lois Betteridge (Ottawa, ON) Women’s K1 65th in heat
Did not advance

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Jun
16
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada names first group of sprint athletes to World Championships Teams
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OTTAWA, ON (June 16, 2017) – Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to name its first group of athletes to represent Canada at the 2017 Senior World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic (August 23-27) and the U23 World Championships in Bascov, Romania (July 27–30). The selections follow a National Team Trials event in May and two World Cups in Szeged, Hungary and Belgrade, Serbia.

“We saw several impressive performances in Europe, including two gold medals and a world record by Laurence Vincent-Lapointe in the C-1 200m event,” said Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer of Canoe Kayak Canada. “I’m confident we’ll be adding other strong performers to this team before we reach the selection deadlines in July.”

Athletes will have additional opportunities to earn a nomination following a second set of National Team Trials from June 23-25 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Team Announcement – Senior World Championships

Women’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coaches
Andréanne Langlois Québec, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier/Chad Brooks
Michelle Russell Fall River, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan/Chad Brooks


Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coaches
Craig Spence Dartmouth, NS Cheema Laszlo Latorovszki


Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coaches
Katie Vincent Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery/Jan Kruk
Laurence Vincent-Lapointe Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier/Jan Kruk

 

Team Announcement – U23 World Championships


Men’s Kayak

Athlete Hometown Club Coaches
Maxence Beauchesne Trois Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier/Frédéric Jobin
Marshall Hughes Waverley, NS Cheema Mike Kerrivan/Frédéric Jobin
Jarret Kenke Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Andrzej Gronowicz/ Frédéric Jobin
Nick Matveev Toronto, ON Balmy Beach Peter Martinek/Frédéric Jobin
Pierre-Luc Poulin Lac-Beauport, QC Lac-Beauport Luc Grenier/Frédéric Jobin
Alex Scott Bedford, NS Maskwa Jon Pike/Frédéric Jobin


Men’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coaches
Craig Spence Dartmouth, NS Cheema Laszlo Latorovszki


Women’s Canoe

Athlete Hometown Club Coaches
Nadya Crossman-Serb Winnipeg, MB Toba Jerome Seremak/Jan Kruk
Rowan Hardy-Kavanagh Ottawa, ON Rideau Diana Deek/Jan Kruk
Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent Trois-Rivières, QC Trois-Rivières Mathieu Pelletier/Jan Kruk
Hannah MacIntosh Dartmouth, NS Senobe Rob Baert/Jan Kruk
Katie Vincent Mississauga, ON Mississauga Kyle Jeffery/Jan Kruk

 

Athletes are being chosen based on the following Selection Criteria.

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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